ITRC: Enniskillen: Season opener preview

Stage is set for the Toshiba show The scene is set, the stage awaits. It's nearly time to raise the curtain. The drama that is the 2002 Toshiba Tarmac Rally Championship is about to unfold. The players are ready too. They've learned their ...

Stage is set for the Toshiba show

The scene is set, the stage awaits. It's nearly time to raise the curtain.

The drama that is the 2002 Toshiba Tarmac Rally Championship is about to unfold.

The players are ready too. They've learned their lines as well as they can and are eager to begin.

Act 1 begins this weekend in the counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim and Donegal with the Buy & Sell Circuit of Ireland.

Before the show is over, the cast will have played on stages as far afield as Scotland and the Isle of Man as well as in Ireland, and the action will take place in front of some of the most dramatic scenery to be found anywhere, from the lakes and mountains of Killarney to the seascapes of Donegal. Wherever it goes, the Toshiba Tarmac Championship is the biggest show in town^0x5baeand country.

And the cast ?

The first act should feature starring roles for Dubliner Austin McHale, armed with a new left hand drive Toyota Corolla WRC, for Belfast's Derek McGarrity in a Subaru Impreza WRC and the similarly-equipped Andrew Nesbitt from Armagh, who only joined the cast at the eleventh hour.

Eamonn Boland could upstage a few with his 'new shape' Subaru, while David Greer hopes to find stardom with his Toyota Corolla if the plot unfolds in the right way.

And for the first act, there's a supporting cast of more than 130, all hoping to find themselves in the limelight.

But, this is a show without a script, so the outcome may not be known until the final act, in Galway next November.

Who will be the hero ? Who the villain ?

Nobody knows yet.

Check out toshibarally.com for more details.

-itrc-

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Series Other rally
Drivers Austin McHale